Madison in Dane County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Bird Eﬃgy Mound
Erected 1975 by Madison Landmarks Commission. (Marker Number 34.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin, Madison Landmarks Commission marker series.
Location. 43° 6.13′ N, 89° 22.029′ W. Marker is in Madison, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker can be reached from Burrows Road 0.1 miles west of Sherman Avenue, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. The marker is just south of the shelter at Burrows Park. Marker is in this post office area: Madison WI 53704, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Burrows Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Sherman Avenue Crossing (approx. half a mile away); Tenney Park Lock and Dam (approx. half a mile away); Tenney Park (approx. 0.7 miles away); a different marker also named Tenney Park (approx. 0.7 miles away); East Side High School (approx. ¾ mile away); Burr Jones Field (approx. 0.8 miles away); Steensland Bridge (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Madison.
Regarding Bird Effigy Mound.
According to the Madison Landmarks Commission, it is now believed that the mounds date from 700-1200 A.D., and "The bird, in the religious beliefs of the mound builders, probably symbolized sky spirits; mounds described in the past as 'lizards' may have represented water spirits, and bears and other animals may have represented people and other creatures that lived on the earth's surface.
"Wisconsin has the highest concentration of effigy mounds in the United States and the Madison area has one of the highest concentration of effigy mounds remaining. Most mounds were lost to 19th century agricultural practices and city development. The mound builders were farmers who also engaged in hunting and gathering. They lived in small villages and migrated from one to another based on the seasonal availability of natural resources. The mounds often, but not always,
Categories. • Native Americans • Notable Places •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 2, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,137 times since then and 10 times this year. Last updated on July 24, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 2, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. 5. submitted on July 24, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.